Mobile Windshield Replacement is Becoming the Norm in Arizona During the Pandemic
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to spike worldwide, in the U.S. and Arizona. New cases in the U.S. have exceeded 200,000 per day in December. Arizona has crossed the half-million case mark, and Maricopa County leads the state with over 300,000 cases. Although bars, movie theaters, and gyms remain open, occupancy restrictions and face masks are required. The coronavirus has impacted virtually everyone’s lives everywhere throughout the state.
In this article, we review a few of the profound ways the lives of Arizonans have been disrupted and how we are adapting to this new normal, such as through mobile auto glass replacement instead of in-person service.
COVID’s Nearly Universal Impact
A recent Pew Research Center study found that nearly nine of ten adults say their lives have been changed somehow by the virus, with almost half of all respondents saying their lives have changed dramatically.
Consumer Reports conducts monthly surveys of nearly three thousand American adults regarding their level of concern with COVID. Those surveyed are a representative sample of Americans, and as seen in the chart below, their numbers are increasing.
Reprinted from Consumer Reports
Adaptations Related to the Pandemic
Not every behavioral change related to COVID-19 has been negative; some simply represent a new way of doing things; in some instances, change has been for the good. One of the most prevalent changes is people are shopping online far more. With many people staying at home more and traveling less, they find they are spending less money, and like it.
The Avoidance Adaptation
Avoidance has become a thing during the pandemic. You can almost define the coronavirus by the things we now avoid, such as:
Bars & Restaurants
Shopping in Brick and Mortar
We’ve been trained to avoid large gatherings, particularly indoors, resulting in the cancellation of Holiday parties, even those with friends and family.
Your Safe Haven During the Pandemic
Quarantines, lockdowns, school closures, and working remotely have turned your home into your sanctuary during the pandemic. We adapt, garages become gyms, dining rooms serve as study halls, spare bedrooms morph into offices. And guess what, people find they can be as productive, perhaps even more productive working from home in a dress shirt and pajama bottoms.
Dining-In During the Pandemic
Although many bars and restaurants in AZ are now open, with limited seating capacity, many Americans have not dined out since the early days of the pandemic. Instead, they engage in takeout, curbside pick-up, home delivery, or cook at home. Many people find they are now cooking more of their meals, avoiding processed foods, and saving money.
Telehealth and Other Adaptations in a Pandemic
Many people in Arizona still feel safe visiting their doctor in person; however, telehealthcare is expanding and may be here to stay. In addition to improved access to care, there is reduced exposure to the disease for patients and the medical staff.
As a result of the pandemic, we now know how to wash our hands properly and are encouraged to do so frequently. Words of the Year for 2020 simply must include “social distancing” and “personal protective equipment” (PPE); in other words, wear a mask.
The Pandemic and the Auto Industry
Since auto repairs are considered essential in Arizona, the service departments at most major dealerships remain open. Realizing that safety is paramount to consumers during the pandemic, most service departments follow CDC guidelines, with some offering to pick up your vehicle at your home, perform the necessary repairs at their shop, and return the car to your home.
Mobile Windshield Replacement Has Become the Norm in Mesa, AZ During COVID
Auto repair businesses like SunTec Windshield Replacement Mesa, Arizona, have seen specialized services like mobile windshield replacement become the ideal choice for customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being safer, washing their hands more often, social distancing, and staying away from others whenever possible. During COVID, SunTec can even provide same-day mobile windshield replacement at a client’s choice of the location while adhering to CDC guidelines – and with virtually no human interaction.
To Your Home
The mobile auto glass technicians come to your home in Mesa or other Arizona cities at no additional cost and usually finish a repair or replacement within one hour or less. These windshield and auto glass companies offer contact-less service and complete the repair in your garage or any shaded area. SunTec technicians can also replace broken, shattered, or cracked rear auto glass or side windows.
To Your Workplace
For essential Arizona workers currently on the job, windshield technicians can perform repairs at your workplace. When the technician arrives, you simply leave your car in the parking lot, under the shade of a tree, or in the parking garage. Leave your car unlocked, and there is no contact needed until your signature after a completed installation.
To Your Office
If it’s more convenient, a technician can perform contact-less repairs or replace any cracked or shattered auto glass, windshield, rear or side windows at your office. Professional Mesa, AZ businesses, like SunTec, will use only OEM and OEM-equivalent glass products, as well as experienced technicians who ensure fit and finish, are ideal.
Other COVID Related Trends in the Auto Industry
There are several other “megatrends” in the automotive industry related to COVID-19:
Consumers are shopping for their cars online
The increased popularity of electronic vehicles
A booming used car market
Arizona car buyers are avoiding the dealer’s showroom, personal contact, and the salesperson’s tactics and buying remotely. Why travel to a Mesa dealer when there is greater selection on the internet and your new vehicle can be delivered directly to your door?
EV sales and especially EV stocks have gained traction during the pandemic and are poised for a breakout year in 2021. Many electric vehicle automakers are accelerating their launch plans for new models. Bloomberg predicts that by 2022 there will be over 500 available EV models.
Used car sales and prices have increased due to limited inventories and increased demand. Typically, over time used-car values decline due to depreciation. But in this crazy year of 2020, used cars are appreciating, as evidenced by a 15.3% price increase from December 2019.
A Light at the End of the Tunnel
We are optimistic that Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines mark the beginning of a return to something near normalcy. Their warp-speed development has left some consumers less than 100% confident in their efficacy. However, as first responders receive the vaccine with few reported adverse reactions, confidence and supply will grow, hopefully providing a light at the end of the COVID tunnel.
In the meantime, mobile windshield repair and replacement services will continue to dominate in Arizona; providing a safer means to get customer’s automobiles fixed and back on the road.
If your company doesn’t provide a dash cam for your truck, or you own your own vehicle, then you may want to think about getting one yourself.
A dash cam can be one of the most effective ways to protect yourself out on the road. They’re inexpensive and easy to use.
Let’s take a look at some of the best around…
1. KDLINKS X1 HD Wide Angle Dash Cam With GPS
Rating: (4.3 / 5)
The sheer volume of positive feedback, the quality of its recording capabilities, and it’s ease of use have all helped to drag the KDLinks X1 to the top of our list, fighting off some stern competition along the way.
This super slim dash cam features full HD video with a wide, 165° viewing angle to capture anything you need it to.
The X1 automatically records hands-free in a continuous loop meaning once it’s set up there’s nothing more for you to do.
It comes with an 8GB micro SD card, and it’s ready to use straight out of the box!
Boasting superior night-vision capabilities, this dash cam uses world class F1.6 Six-Glass lenses, and a unique dashcam WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) video system (which apparently is similar to HDR technology in cameras).
It has a built-in GPS module to record data straight into the dash cam which allows you to check video clips and vehicle location, as well as your speed and route.
An emergency lock button and G-Sensor accident auto detection feature allows you to lock any given video file to be used as evidence or security should you need it.
It also comes with a one year warranty to cover any hardware issues, and KDLinks offer excellent customer support.
Of all the dash cams that we reviewed this one received the highest score from the largest amount of independent users (approaching 4,000).
If you’re a truck driver and you want a dash cam that you can rely on, you need look no further.
Next up, and unlucky not to be our number one pick, is the WheelWitness HD Pro camera with 170 degrees of viewing.
This is the perfect camera to capture high-quality and high resolution video with one of the most powerful processors in the business.
It films in super HD 2K at 2304 x 1296 pixels and features WGR and HDR technology so that you can see everything you need to, even at night when other cameras may not work as well.
With multiple exposures, you’re always able to get the best picture possible, no matter what time of the day or night it is.
In addition, it comes with GPS that will capture the location and coordinates of your vehicle as well as your speed.
The WheelWitness and the KDLinks both score an impressive 4.3 stars out of 5, however the former has received feedback from over 3,500 independent users to the latter’s 400 or so, so the KDLinks just edges it for us.
Still, the WheelWitness is an excellent choice at an excellent price.
This OldShark camera very nearly took the best budget spot on our list, as well as the best value option.
It has a three-inch screen and features a 170 degree wide-angle lens with an F 1.6 aperture sensor that captures clear video footage at 1080p HD.
When it comes to protecting yourself on the road, you need to be able to view every detail, and that means having a camera with as high resolution as possible, while still being able to fit on your dashboard, and is available at a reasonable price.
This one features a stable clipset with smooth recording and it is durable enough to capture quality footage on the bumpiest of rides.
In addition, in the event of a collision, the video footage is locked and protected.
This dash cam is equipped with a technology called ADAS, which stands for advanced driver assistance system.
It uses one of the most advanced visual recognition algorithms currently on the market, and is even used by emergency services and professionals all over the world.
Like some of the other cameras on this list, it’s equipped with a G sensor that saves footage in a collision and it provides wide-angle coverage to cover at least three lanes of traffic, which we really like.
The YI records in high definition as standard.
It also has image sensors that act almost as infrared emitters to record at night and still get a good visual record.
It averages a strong score of 4.1 stars out of 5 from over 2,500 independent reviews, and given that you can grab it for less than 50 bucks we feel it represents excellent value for money.
Another terrific dash cam is this one from AUKEY, and you get many of the standard features that you find with all of the other cams that we’ve been discussing here, including full information backup in case of a collision and 1080p video recording.
You can also get optional in-car audio for added protection and it comes with a 170 degree field of view, emergency recording, and loop recording as standard.
You’re protected from all of the potential hazards on the road with this camera, and it overwrites old data unless you save it so that you can keep the camera recording for as long as you need to without worrying.
With positive reviews from over 600 independent users, and given how well priced it is, the AUKEY could easily have made it into our top 3.
This Beschoi mini dash cam is one of the budget options here, but it still records in full HD at 30 frames per second.
The screen is a little smaller than some of the other ones listed, at just two inches wide, but it is a full-color LCD screen and it comes with some other great safety features like an IR sensor and a 170 degree viewing angle.
It’s not going to win many awards, buts it’s functional, won’t take up much room in a busy truck cabin, and is relatively kind on your wallet.
If you’re on the fence and don’t want to spend too much then give this one some thought.
Vantrue makes the last dash cam on our list, and this is a slightly more premium level option that records in high-quality video with a wide-angle lens and a high dynamic range for processing at night.
It records at a super high rate (in 2.5K at 2560 x 1440 at 30fps resolution) to capture everything from street signs and license plates, to other vehicles in excellent high quality video.
It has a 24 hour parking monitor mode with optional GPS, “super” night vision”, and 170° wide angle coverage.
If you’re a truck driver and you want a serious dash cam to back you up when you need it the Vantrue would be a good investment.
It came in at around a hundred bucks when we reviewed it, which we think is a steal.
The bottom line is that there are quite a few dash cams on the market these days, but the ones listed here are perfect for professionals who drive for a living and want to protect themselves in the case of an accident or other incident where video recording could be vital evidence.
They’ll all do a good job, although if you pushed us we’d have to say that the KDLInks or the WheelWitness really stand out. If you’re prepared to pay top dollar then go for the KDLinks dash cam. It’s worth it for the extra features.
If you’re on the fence then the WheelWitness is a really good choice and you should just go with that and save the difference in cash. It won’t disappoint.
Here’s a little preview of it in action:
For a budget option the Crosstour DVR and the Old Shark are both recommended.
And if space in your truck cabin is at a premium the Auckey 6 Lane Dash Cam takes some beating.
7 Reasons Why All Truckers Should Get A Dash Cam
The main reason to get a dash cam is obviously so that you can have an accurate record of any incidents that occur involving your vehicle.
Even the most astute driver can’t see all of the road all of the time, and even if he or she could, when an accident does occur, it’s often one person’s word against the other when it comes to apportioning blame.
A dash cam takes away the ambiguity.
With clear footage of how an accident occurred, insurance claims and fault-based disputes can be settled significantly faster and with less expense.
For the typical recreational driver this is a nice touch, but for a truck driver, whose business or employment may ride on the outcome of such a claim, this can be vital.
With insurance premiums already through the roof small businesses and owner operators who rely on their trucks to provide their services can ill afford to be struck with further increases.
And many an employee has lost his or her job or been looked over for promotion due to a traffic accident that was not their fault.
If you’re a truck driver or the owner of a small fleet, here are some benefits that you should consider:
1. Your Vehicle Is More Likely to Be Involved In An Accident
Whether moving or stationary, a truck takes up more of the road.
It’s bigger, and therefore harder to manoeuvre than a standard sized car. It’s also harder for other drivers to avoid.
It takes longer for your truck to come to a stop at higher speeds.
And it sticks out further into the road when parked.
Truck drivers often get a bad rap from other motorists, but the reality is that those other motorists have just as much of an obligation to avoid your vehicle as you do theirs.
With the increased likelihood of an incident you really should be thinking about getting a dash cam.
If you suspect one of your drivers is handling a fleet vehicle loosely your dash cam will tell you.
And if your truck is the victim of a hit and run, you’ll have the culprit on camera.
2. They Can Help Improve Your Driving
A secondary, and often overlooked benefit of installing a dash cam in your truck, is that it can actually help to improve your driving habits.
Many modern dashboard cameras feature a live feed which provides you, the driver, with information that you wouldn’t otherwise have.
If you habitually take up a little more of the left hand side of a lane, regularly park with your rear end too far from the curb, or drive closer to the car in front than you realise, a dash cam will show that up.
You can then make corrections to your driving that will make you a safer driver.
The knock on effect will be less incidents, fewer claims and, hopefully, lower insurance premiums.
3. They’re Cheap!
When you consider how much you spent on a truck in the first place, how much you spend on maintenance and repairs, and how much your insurance premiums run to, the cost of having the extra layer of security that a dash cam provides is very little.
With some of the models on our list costing as little as $39.99 at the time of review it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t fork out just a little bit for the benefits referred to above.
The value of the footage that one of these devices can store can be worth many times the cost of the unit itself.
4. A Dash Cam With Parking Protection – For Peace Of Mind
As we’ve touched upon, many modern dashboard cams come with a built in parking monitor to record dings and scratches that happen while you’re not there.
They start recording when they detect potential impact.
The number of hit and run crashes is surprising, and trucks are prime candidates for a broken wing mirror from a careless driver who speeds off without leaving a note.
With a dash cam you can park up safe in the knowledge that if your truck is scraped you’ll have a record of who did it so that the costs of the repairs don’t come out of your own pocket.
5. Insurance Companies Are Warming To Them
With the rise in the popularity of dash cams insurance companies have had to sit up and take note.
Although they’re happy to charge you the earth for their cover, they’re also terrified of losing your business.
For quite some time now insurers have been accepting dash cam evidence in the event of a motoring incident under the terms of their policies.
Once one did, they all started to follow suit.
We’d suggest that you check with your insurer that they accept dash cam footage under the terms of your policy just to be safe.
If they do you can purchase a dash cam safe in the knowledge that if anything happens to your truck that’s not your fault you’re protected.
6. They’re Easy To Use
Many truckers are old school types (we should know because some of us are) – reluctant to change and ignorant of technological advances (us again!).
So naturally we sometimes resist new things because so far we’ve done just fine without them and we don’t want to have to learn new ways.
Well, with the dash cams of today there really is nothing to them.
In fact, most of the products on our list are ready to use straight from the box. You simply attach them to the dash, plug them in, and off you go.
7. Dash Cam With GPS – Double Benefits
Several of the dash cams that we reviewed have built-in GPS features.
The benefit here is twofold.
First, this will help from a navigational point of view. You can just plug in an address and follow the route on screen – essentially your unit becomes a dash cam with sat nav.
Second, in the event of a break down, the GPS signal can be transmitted to the emergency services or relayed to the vehicle recovery company so that they can find you and get your truck fixed up and back on the road much sooner.
Dash Cam FAQs
We covered a lot of ground in the benefits section above but there are still plenty of practical questions that remain unanswered.
We’ve tried to answer the most common of those below.
Q – What Is A Dash Cam?
A – It’s a device that you install in your vehicle (usually on or around the dashboard) that makes a video recording of your journey so that you have a visual record of any incidents that occur while you are driving.
Some models provide the same recording features when your vehicle is parked and stationary also.
Q – How Does A Dash Cam Work?
A – Once installed they work in the same way as a normal video camera, recording everything that the screen picks up.
A standard model will have a forward facing camera to capture everything that happens with the traffic in front of you. You can also get a dash cam with a backup camera to record everything that happens behind you as well.
The footage is stored on a disk for future use should you need it.
Q – Dash Cam Installation – How Do I Do It?
A – If you’re wondering how to hardwire a dash cam, instructions vary between models.
Assuming that you’re not installing a wireless cam in your truck, the most common setup involves attaching a suction mount on the top of the unit, securing that to the inside of the windscreen, inserting an SD card, and fuse link cables running behind the cabins headlining.
Here’s a handy instructional clip from Nextbase to help:
Q – I Want To Know How To Hide Dash Cam Wires?
A – You should run them along the roof of the cabin behind the headlining and behind the door weather sealing. See the video above for further help.
Q – Dash Cam Positioning – Where Should I Put It?
A – This is a great question because you don’t want to just throw it up in a position that could be challenged by your insurers.
Ideally you should mount it behind your rear-view mirror (in the centre of the windscreen), so that it can record both lanes of traffic, as well as any signs by the side of the road.
Q – Will My Dash Cam Footage Be Accepted?
A – This will vary from policy maker to policy maker. Ideally you should check before taking out any insurance whether the underwriters will accept dash cam footage.
On the whole, provided you’ve positioned the unit correctly, and the footage is clear it should in principle be accepted and any excess should be waived where a third party is at fault for the damage caused.
Q – Which Is The Best Dash Cam For Truckers?
A – The KDlinks takes some beating, but it is pricey. The Auckey is an excellent space saver in any cabin, and the Crosstour DVR is an awesome budget option. But for price, and all round value for money, it’s very hard to see passed the WheelWitness HD Pro. See the dash cam reviews above for further detail.
Choosing a dash cam for truck drivers can be tricky with so many options out there. The result is that many people prefer to stick to one or two brands that they’re familiar with.
There’s a couple that we feel deserve a special mention here. In particular WheelWitness, Yi and Z-Edge.
Firstly WheelWitness is a quality brand that is growing in popularity all the time. Their HD Pro dash cam scores really highly and is fast becoming the most popular unit out there. It deserves a special mention because of the premium quality and the huge price drop. It really does represent exceptional value for money and is therefore a great dash cam for trucks and vans.
Second, Yi Technology, which markets itself as “the leading provider of advanced, intelligent video, imaging and computer vision technologies” is another one to watch. At number 5 on our list their dual dash cam deserves its place and may rise higher with more reviews once this brand gets more coverage.
Finally Z-Edge, short for Zero Edge Technology, make a very good product. They’re an American company that “designs, develops and sells automotive and home consumer electronics products for everyday use”. And on that front they deliver.
These are all brands that you can rely on when choosing the best dash cam for truckers.
Wrapping It Up
So there you have it. If you were wondering which dash cam to buy for your truck we hope you’ve now found the answer.
Have you used one of the products on our list before? If so, how did they perform. Are there any that you feel we’ve missed out?
Let us know below, we’d love to hear from you.
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When a product receives feedback from over 300 users you can get a pretty good feel for whether it’s right for you. And that is the case with Blue Devil Head Gasket Sealer.
It’s received some excellent reviews recently, and as it’s currently available with FREE SHIPPING we thought we’d take a closer look.
Blue Devil Head Gasket Sealer Review
THE GOOD: This Gasket Sealer is a quick solution for problems such as small leaks and minor maintenance jobs. Repairs can be very costly, and that is why more and more people are looking to solutions like this.
It’s fast-acting and easy to use and you’ll save a small fortune in services by applying some of this sealer.
THE BAD: While the product generally works as intended, according to a few consumers there are a couple of things that are not perfect about it.
For example, a few buyers mention that the directions are a bit confusing (although we personally don’t agree with that). Also, a couple said that the bottle does not let you see how much you’ve used (which we do agree with), so you need to be careful not to pour a bit too much sealant over your leak.
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you’re careful when applying it this product is a great choice. It’s good value for money, does a very good job, and provides a permanent repair to a number of head gasket problems.
Well, as far as self-help remedies go, it does as good a job of repairing small leaks as you’ll find without going to a professional mechanic.
No matter if you are dealing with a blown head gasket, a cracked head, or damage to a freeze plug, this sealer will do the job.
It may not be a miracle cure, but it helps with small tasks that would otherwise require quite heavy repairs if left unattended to get worse.
A quick look at the key features of this leading sealer (the manufacturers claim on the bottle that it’s the number 1 in the country) might help you decide whether this is the product you are looking for or not.
Here’s a brief overview:
You’ll find no solid matter among the components
It will not harm your engine
It is safe to use
It’s easy to apply
It can permanently repair small leaks
Some people are reluctant to use sealing products because they’re afraid they might not do it properly. However this sealer comes with a good set of instructions that show you exactly how to use it to avoid any damage to your car or yourself (and we think they’re pretty straightforward).
The Product In Action
For a bit more info check out this short clip from the manufacturer:
Customer Reviews and Scores
Want to know what independent users just like you are saying about it? We did, so we did the homework for you.
From over 300 reviews on Amazon this sealer has an average customer score of 3.7 stars out of 5, which means it’s made a very solid impression.
Of those reviewers nearly 60% gave it the maximum 5 stars out of 5 (which is excellent), with very few giving it less than 4.
The main reasons why customers were so pleased with it were that they found it very easy to use, and that it saved them a lot of cash in repair costs.
Conversely a few reviewers found the instructions a little unclear (we did not have that problem ourselves however).
Blue Devil Head Gasket Sealer – Conclusion
This popular sealer will help you deal with small repair jobs on your own, and will help you to avoid bigger problems (and therefore bigger repair bills) in the future.
For small leaks it does an excellent job, and it can also help with older vehicles that require a bit of maintenance.
At the time of review it was available at a GREAT PRICE and came with FREE SHIPPING.
So, how did you get on with sealing your leak? Did you use this product, or did you use one of its rivals? What was the best thing about it, and what criticisms (if any) did you have? Would you recommend it, or would you go with a different brand?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, so let us know below…
If your car is leaving oil spots behind in your driveway, or you see a leaky engine block when you look underneath your vehicle, chances are you have a leak in the rear main seal.
This issue can cause a number of problems for your car if left untreated, but having it fixed by a mechanic can cost you upwards of $1,000!
Blue Devil Rear Main Seal Stop Leak Review
Fortunately, there is a way that you can prepare the damage caused by a rear main seal leak so that you can prevent further damage from your car, and you won’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money. How? – With Blue Devil’s Rear Main Seal Stop Leak.
This product is specially formulated to permanently seal off the rear mains of your engine permanently. Once added, it immediately repairs and seals off leaks in the rear mains and gaskets.
In-Depth Look at Blue Devil’s Rear Main Sealer
There are a lot of products on the market that claim to seal off and repair leaks in an engine’s main seal; however, few of them actually deliverwhat they claim they will. Blue Devil’s Rear Main Seal Stop Leak is specially formulated to actually live up to its claims.
This heavy base stock formula, which is surprisingly light, instantly repairs leaks in both gas and diesel engines.
It’s formulated with light polymers and solvents that swell, soften, and revitalize oil seals.
It literally restores dried, shrunken and cracked rubber seals that lead to rear main leaks.
Unlike other rear main sealer formulas, Blue Devil’s is completely free of harsh chemical additives, such as petroleum distillates, which can destroy seals in the rear main. so there is no need to worry that it will cause any further damage to your engine.
Instructions for Use
Using Blue Devil’s Rear Main Sealer is extremely easy.
Simply turn off your vehicle’s engine and allow it to cool.
Pour 1 bottle of this rear main sealer directly into the engine and start it back up.
Drive your vehicle as you normally would and the rear main sealer will get to work.
It can seal leaks in the main seal within a few hours of driving, though it may take up to 2 days for it to work completely.
A single 8 ounce bottle of Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer treats up to 8 quarts of oil in both diesel and gas vehicles that use either conventional or synthetic oils.
There’s no need to re-add it when you change your oil because this formula permanently repairs seals, restoring them to their original condition while you are driving.
If leaks do persist after adding the product, you can contact technical support for assistance.
Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer Pros
There are a number of notable benefits associated with Blue Devil’s Rear Main Sealer. These benefits include:
It’s guaranteed to completely and permanently stop leaks in gasoline and diesel engine rear main seals.
It restores and revitalizes dried, shrunken and cracked rubber seals.
It can be used to repair leaks in timing covers.
It’s extremely easy to use: simply add it into your engine oil and gaskets will be restored and sealed.
It mixed in with the oil, yet it remains in the system, so once it’s been added, there’s no need to add it again.
It’s free of harsh chemicals, such as petroleum distillates.
Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer Cons
The only con associated with this product is that some users have reported that on occasion it doesn’t work perfectly.
With so many positive reviews, and given the price, we’re going to take this feedback with a pinch of salt.
Currently on Amazon there are a total of 146 reviews for this product. Of those reviews, 51 percent are 5 stars out of 5 (which is excellent) with very few users giving it less than 4 stars.
Those who are happy with the product say that it successfully stops leaks and that it lasts.
Those who were not so happy with it report that it doesn’t work quite as well as it claims.
Blue Devil Rear Main Sealer – Final Thoughts
Though there are a few mixed reviews, if you find leaks in your rear main seal, it is definitely worth trying out to save you a small fortune.
Given the fact that it is safe for your engine and it is easy to use, if it does stop the leak, it can end up saving you a tremendous amount of money and further damage to your car.
Available for less than $12, and with FREE SHIPPING, this comes highly recommended.
There’s nothing worse than finding out that your engine has a leak. Not only is it bad for your car and the environment, but it can end up costing you a tremendous amount of money to repair.
“Magic In A Bottle…”
There is a way that you can solve your leaking engine troubles without having to foot a hefty bill though. Thanks to Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak, you can seal up the leaks in your engine, protect your car, and save yourself a good chunk of change.
Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak Review
***#1 In The Country!***
Leaks in a vehicle’s engine are a fact of life. Age and driving exposes the engine to pressure and heat, which can cause the o-rings, gaskets and other seals to harden or dry up.
Over time, this can cause cracks and holes to develop in the engine, which can lead to oil leaks.
Stop leak additives, like this one, are non-solvent chemical formulas comprised of a mixture of modifiers that cause friction, as well as other refined petroleum ingredients.
They minimize the amount of oil that passes through those worn seals and holes.
Essentially, stop leak additives revive the seals in the engine, allowing them to return to their normal shape, size and flexibility, thereby reducing or preventing oil leaks.
There are plenty of engine stop leak additives on the market, but unfortunately, many of them aren’t well made.
This means that they either: 1) won’t do anything to the seals to prevent or slow oil leaks; or 2) could do more damage to the seals and the engine, causing an even bigger problem.
Created by Blue Devil – who’ve been around for years and have developed an excellent reputation for delivering exceptional products – this is one of the most trusted auto additives you’re likely to find.
Their oil stop leak formula is made with only the highest quality ingredients. It’s designed to soak into all of the seals in your engine, expanding them and reviving them back to the size and shape that they were when the engine was first made.
This product is free of harmful solvents, such as petroleum distillates, that have a reputation for destroying seals after they’ve initially expand them.
Unlike other products, Blue Devil Stop Leak won’t clog your engine or cause any other damage.
It’s also designed to be used with a wide range of diesel and gasoline engines and can treat either 4 or 6 quarts of motor oil.
In fact, Blue Devil are so confident that their stop oil leak additive will work that they’ll fully refund your money if it doesn’t.
It’s quite simply the best product we could find to stop an engine oil leak.
It’s also cheap to buy and comes with FREE SHIPPING.
Using this Stop Leak is pretty simple. The directions for use as follows:
Pour the entire contents of the 8 ounce bottle directly into the oil sump or crank case of the leaking component of your engine.
Once the solvent has been added, start up the engine and drive your vehicle.
For most leaks, the additive should seal up the leak within 1 to 2 hours. However, if your engine has an extreme leak, it could take up to 2 days of drive time for the leak to fully stop.
Here’s a short clip from the manufacturers to help:
This leading leak stopper can be used on the following components:
Refillable shock absorbers
While it can be used on various components, it’s important to note that it can’t be used in your vehicle’s brake system or on any surfaces that have been painted.
You should also use extreme care while using it and avoid making contact with your eyes and skin. As a precaution, make sure you wear protective clothing and eye wear.
There are several things that we really like about BlueDevil Oil Stop Leak. Some of the most notable benefits of this product include:
It permanently seals all seeping oil leaks
It doesn’t cause any additional damage to an engine
In most cases, it works withinjust a few hours
It’s extremely easy to use
It treats 4 to 6 quartsof motor oil
It works with the majority of gasoline and diesel engines
And it’s also VERY AFFORDABLE.
Overall, we were very pleased with this additive; however, there were a few things that might be a little off-putting for some users. There are two particular downsides of note:
It may not always seal properly with leaking gaskets
If the damage is extensive, it may not prevent leaks entirely (and professional help should be sought)
Blue Devil currently averages a solid 3.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Of the 250+ people who reviewed it, 51 percent gave the product 5 stars, and very few gave it less than 3 or 4.
Those who liked it said that the product works very well to either stop or slow leaks, that it’s easy to use, and that the price is very affordable.
Those who weren’t so happy said that it didn’t work with certain components that were causing leaks, such as the valve cover gasket.
When it comes to oil stop leak additives, Blue Devil is one of the best on the market. It’s made of the highest quality ingredients, it’s easy to use, and in most cases it stops leaks within an hour or two.
For the price it can’t be beaten and at the time of review it came with an EXTRA 15% DISCOUNT.
When a product receives consistently good reviews we usually sit up and take note. And in the case of ATP AT 205 Reseal, we’re pleased that we did.
Not only is this great re-sealant fast-acting and reliable, it’s also the choice of professionals and comes with FREE SHIPPING. We just had to review it…
ATP AT 205 Reseal Review
***Stops Leaks Fast***
The Good: Leaks in any walk of life can be a serious problem, but especially so when it comes to your vehicle. AT 205 Reseal does a good job of sealing almost any leak you’ll find in your car, and you can also use it to help rejuvenate old gaskets, transmissions and hydraulic systems.
You can extend the life of your car and improve its performance considerably through good maintenance, and that should include using a resealer such as this.
The Bad: There are very few gripes about this product from users. The only negative feedback that it’s received has come from owners of larger industrial vehicles. So if you’ve found a leak in your tractor you might need to have a mechanic look at it rather than rely on this.
The Bottom Line: For old rubber seals, as well as for repairing all types of leaks, this, according to reviewers will do the job.
It’s cheap, it doesn’t require any special training to use it, it’s fast-acting, and it will save you a trip to the repair shop. As long as you’re not looking to fix up a heavy duty vehicle with it, this should be your first port of call.
How many times have you gotten annoyed with small leaks inside your car? Repairs are usually expensive, and it can be particularly bothersome to have your vehicle pulled over for something as small as a leak.
This fast-acting resealer can save you the trouble, by offering you a quick solution that you can implement right away and by yourself.
It’s designed to fix small leaks without any professional intervention. And it’s super easy to use (easier than many of its rivals in fact), which is one of its best features.
It comes in an 8-ounce bottle (to treat a 6 quart capacity after adjustment) to help you repair minor leaks as well as a mechanic would, but for a fraction of the price.
In case you are wondering what kind of jobs can this resealer is good for, we’d sum it up by saying that it works for any rubber seals and gaskets. These can be found in engines, differentials, transmissions, hydraulic systems, power steering and many other places.
Because there are so many working parts in a vehicle that need proper sealing, it is no wonder that leaks occur every once in a while. When they do, you need a re-sealer that functions well with everything else that’s under the hood.
Fortunately this resealer is compatible with all conventional and synthetic oils used in the automotive industry, as well as ATF, gear oil, power steering fluids and hydraulic oil .
That means that you won’t have to worry that the newly applied sealant will be dissolved or damaged by such compounds.
And, because it’s not made with petroleum distillates, there is no risk of over-swelling or breaking down the old seals.
Not sure exactly what is leaking? Check out this handy guide from Cars.com which should help to identify the problem.
Now you have a pretty clear idea about what it can do, here’s a list of its key features at a glance:
Ideal for covering the same as a 6-quart capacity product
Future prevention factor
Compatible with synthetic oils
It contains no petroleum distillates
Works on any leaks
As with any vehicle, your old seals may require a bit of rejuvenation once in a while.
And a vehicle with a substantial mileage under the hood is bound to have a few problems you will need to deal with sooner or later.
That is why you can use this as a prevention option to help avoid future problems, and not only for leaks as they happen.
And all hydraulic oils and similar fluids that you might already use in your car will not affect the performance of this leading re-sealant. We feel that the added peace of mind that you get from knowing that is a real bonus.
ATP AT 205 Reseal In Action
For a bit more info check out this short clip from the manufacturer:
Pretty simple stuff aye?!
Customer Reviews and Scores
Want to know what independent users are saying about it? We did, so we did the homework for you.
From 2,000+ reviews on Amazon AT 205 has an average customer score of 4.2 stars out of 5, which means it’s made a very good impression.
Of those reviewers, 62% gave it the maximum 5 stars out of 5 (which is excellent), with very few giving it less than 4.
Those really impressed said that they loved the ease of use, that it worked quickly and effectively, and that it saved them the cost of taking their car into the shop to be fixed.
There were a few minor grumbles from customers who tried to fix leaks in industrial vehicles, and a few users said that they had to drive around for a while before it kicked in, but that is exactly how it gets to work so we don’t really consider that a negative!
There are so many situations that require a quick fix when you’ve been driving the same vehicle for a while. Leaks are just one of them, but they can become serious if you don’t treat them quickly.
AT 205 Reseal is a great option at a budget price that can fix any small leak and help maintain and preserve your car’s performance whilst saving money on repairs.
All in all we highly recommend it.
At the time of review it was available with a nice DISCOUNT and came with FREE SHIPPING.
Pennzoil makes the next motor oil on our list. It’s fully synthetic and designed to protect high grade engines.
As a result it costs quite a bit more than the others, so if you’re looking for high performing oil for a “regular” engine then perhaps go with one of the four listed above.
Like the others on our list, you’ll get improved fuel efficiency when you use this motor oil in combination with a high quality filter.
In fact you can expect an improvement of an extra 550 miles or so per year. Impressive!
This is one of the best products out there for preventing loss of performance, including horsepower, in extreme temperatures.
In particular Pennzoil flows faster at low temperatures, meaning your engine will stay protected even when it runs hot, and your pistons will stay up to 30 percent cleaner, reducing the risk of damage and disrepair.
Finally, let’s take a look at Castrol Edge, which comes in a five-quart size or a pack of three.
This premium full synthetic motor oil is strong enough to stand up to the extreme pressure of your engine, even in some of the most powerful vehicles out there.
This motor oil protects your car and lubricates to prevent metal on metal grinding in lots of different situations when driving at different speeds.
It also reduces debris deposits which helps your engine to perform at optimum levels.
This 0w-20 comes from one of the top brands, who claim that it’s the best synthetic motor oil money can buy.
It’s designed for use in engines that will be tested under consistent high pressure, so for those kind of situations it may well be the best choice (although Valvoline might have something to say about that).
It is however the most expensive option on our list.
It deserves it’s place, but if you’re not planning on thrashing your engine perhaps pick one of the others.
If you are planning on putting your foot down then fill your boots – it’ll do you proud.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of motor oils to choose from, but all of those listed here are going to improve your engine performance, reduce your emissions, make your vehicle last longer and make it run better than it has before.
If you pushed us to choose one, we’d have to go with Castrol GTX MAGNATEC. We love the transparency of the manufacturer explaining how it’s product works (rather than using generic jargon like many others).
It’s well priced, performs well in extreme temperatures, is suitable for so many vehicles, and is consistently praised on review by independent users.
Mobil 1 Advanced comes in a very close second and if you prefer that brand there’s no reason not to go with it.
For value for money AmazonBasics is very hard to beat. And for turbo and supercharged performance engines you should give Valvoline SynPower some serious consideration.
Synthetic Oil Vs Regular Oil
So, we’ve looked at some of the leading brands, now let’s consider why you should choose a synthetic oil over a regular, conventional oil, for your vehicle.
The answer, in short, is that you’ll experience greater levels of protection for the key components of your engine with a synthetic oil, and with that comes superior performance.
But that’s a fairly blanket statement that we feel needs a bit of explaining so we can understand exactly how synthetic oil is made.
Like conventional motor oil, synthetic oil is made from crude oil mined from the earth. After extraction, it undergoes the normal refining process of regular motor oil.
The difference is that it is then put through an intensive purification process that involves distilling the oil to separate it into its basic components.
The process removes contaminants and impurities from the oil, leaving behind a purer substance whose individual molecules are better equipped to protect your engine.
Why Use Synthetic Oil
There are lots of reasons why synthetic oil is better than regular, but the most important four are set out below:
1. They Provide Greater Protection Against Wear And Tear
When it’s working, an engine’s parts move at great speeds. They come into contact with one another constantly, and therefore need a layer of protection, in the form of your motor oil, to prevent wear and tear.
Given the stress that is placed upon your engine, the conditions in there can get quiet extreme. This means that over time, your engine oil will break down.
A traditional engine oil will break down a lot faster than a synthetic blend. With the breaking down process your oil loses its ability to properly lubricate and protect your engine.
Synthetics are a lot more resilient. This means that you get premium protection for longer periods between changes. the result is less wear and tear, less damage, and therefore less repair costs.
2. Sludge Resistance
There are plenty of impurities for your oil to pick up as it makes its way around your engine. A traditional motor oil will pick up all type of debris as it circulates, eventually turning to sludge.
Sludgy oil is not a good thing! It loses its lubricating, protective characteristics, meaning that your engine will be exposed to more wear and tear.
A synthetic oil on the other hand has less of its own impurities, which makes it more resistant to deposits within your engine. This ability to maintain lubrication for longer periods significantly reduces the likelihood of damage, extending the life of your engine.
3. Cold Weather Start Up
When you shut your car off for the night, the oil in your engine comes to a rest. When you start it again the next morning the oil flows through, as it’s designed to, to lubricate and protect your parts.
Regardless of the temperature a traditional oil takes longer to change from its resting state to full flow, so your engine is exposed to friction for that bit longer.
In particularly cold weather the time that it takes to get into this flowing state can be even slower, compounding the damage.
The same is not true of synthetic motor oil. The distillation process helps to create a more fluid oil that is adept at getting into this vital flowing state much quicker, meaning that your engine and its parts are protected as soon as you turn on the ignition.
4. Hot Weather Break Down And Evaporation
Conversely, if you’re driving in extreme heat the oil in your engine is put under greater stress than in moderate temperatures.
The first consequence of this is that break down happens much faster, bringing forward the onset of friction damage.
The second consequence is that your oil can begin to evaporate at these higher temperatures, leaving your engine exposed with less lubrication.
In the heat this is par for the course for a conventional motor oil, but not so for synthetics, which are specifically designed to resist heat and endure, even when the thermometer is off the chart.
You can quickly see why, when it comes to synthetic oil vs conventional oils, the former is a strong favourite!
How To Choose Oil For Your Car – A Quick Guide
Choosing the correct oil to lubricate your engine can be a bit daunting to begin with. There are lots of letters and numbers to understand before you begin to look at different brands.
Here’s a few handy tips to help you out:
1. Check Your Owner’s Manual
You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by referring to your owner’s manual to see what type and grade of oil the manufacturer recommends.
2. Understand The Viscosity Grading System
In this article we’ve been looking at 0w-20 synthetic oil, but what do the numbers actually mean?
Well, they refer to the viscosity level of the oil at extreme cold and extreme hot temperatures.
The first number (before the “W”) refers to the oil’s viscosity level at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the second number (after the “W) refers to the oil’s viscosity level at 100 degrees Celcius.
Yes, both temperature scales are used, that’s not a mistake.
A low first number indicates that a particular oil thickens less in the cold than an oil with a higher first number (ow-20 thickens less in the cold than 10w-30 for example).
A low second number indicates that a particular oil thins out quicker in the heat than an oil with a higher second number (5w-30 thins out quicker in the heat than 5w-40 for example).
3. Applying It To Your Driving Conditions
Once you understand the viscosity grading system you’ll be in a better position to pick a motor oil to suit your driving conditions.
The lower viscosity level of your oil in the cold, the easier it is to pump around your engine.
So if you regularly drive in cold weather you’ll need a motor oil with a low first grading number to ensure easy start us and quick lubrication in the cold.
The higher the viscosity level of your oil in the heat, the more viscous it will remain at higher temperature.
So if you regularly drive in extreme heat you’ll need a motor oil with a high second grading number.
4. Types Available
There are several types of motor oil available, but if you’re looking to change yours there are few reasons not to go for a synthetic.
For completeness there are:
Conventional motor oils which have not gone through such a rigorous distilling process;
Synthetic blend oils, which are mix of conventional and synthetic oils; and
Full synthetic motor oils, like the ones on this list offering maximum protection.
5. High Mileage And Age
If you have an old vehicle that has more than (or is approaching) 75,000 miles on the clock, you might consider changing to a “high mileage oil” that is specially formulated to extend the running life of high mileage engines.
There are plenty of questions that crop up when choosing a motor oil, ow-20 or otherwise, so we’ve set out below answers to some of the most common ones:
Q – Is Synthetic Oil Better For High Mileage Cars?
A – We’d say yes, for all of the reasons discussed above, and especially for cars with lots of miles on the clock.
Typically you’ll see brands advertising high mileage oils for cars with 75,000 miles on the clock or more. It’s not imperative that you change at that point, but the closer you get to 100,000 the more you should be thinking about switching to a synthetic product for the superior level of protection that it will provide to your engine parts, particularly in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Q – How Often Should I Change Synthetic Oil?
A – This really varies from vehicle to vehicle having regard to the type of use (and therefore stress) that your car is being used for. As a rule of thumb every 3,000 to 5,000 miles is a good yard stick.
The best place to look is your car’s user manual. Some manufacturers make certain recommendations – Toyota for example have some models where 0w-20 synthetic oil is required and they have been approved for extended oil changes of every 10,000 miles.
Circumstances are always different, so if in doubt on how long between synthetic oil changes, err on the side of caution.
Q – Is 0w 20 Oil Always Synthetic?
A – No, not always – as set out above a synthetic oil could in theory be blended with a conventional oil – for more information check out this discussion on BobIsTheOilGuy.
Best 0w-20 Synthetic Oil Brands
As you’d expect, all of the leading brands make good 0w-20 motor oil, however, based on price, popularity and performance, there are a few that deserve a special mention.
Castrol, with two entries in our top 8, seem to tick every box when it comes to making their customers happy. And its no surprise when you consider the size of their network – they operate directly in over 46 countries, employing around 7,500 staff worldwide and indirectly in nearly 74 others.
Their delivery network extends throughout 120 countries, covering 800 ports, and with product ratings consistently around the 4.8 mark, it’s clear these guys know what they’re doing.
And, as you know, they make our number one choice:
Mobil 1 from Mobil was released over 40 years ago, the first full synthetic motor oil available globally and several decades later it has gone from strength to strength. Mobil have pioneered synthetic oil development, paving the way for others after them.
They have teamed up with several winning Formula overs the years, but perhaps their greatest partnership is with their customers, who loyally buy from this number 1 brand time and again.
We feel that Valvoline deserves a special mention also. They make excellent motor oil for all types of vehicles and are developing a bit of a cult following to keep the two brands above on their toes.
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully you’ve now got enough info to decide which is the best 0w-20 synthetic oil for you.
If you feel that there is another brand that deserves a place on our list please let us know. We did review plenty of others before settling on the eight above, but we’re always open to opinion.
Likewise if you’ve had a bad experience with any of the products listed above we want to hear from you. Let us have your thoughts below.
What next? We’ve got plenty of great articles for you.
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When it comes to increasing the power and fuel economy in your Ford Powerstroke, a diesel programmer provides the best bang for your buck.
So, which one is the right choice for you? Let’s take a look at the best-selling 7.3 Powerstroke Tuners currently on the market to find out.
1. TS Performance 6 Position 7.3 Powestsroke Tuner Chip
Rating: (4.5 / 5)
If you use your truck for a lot of towing, or just need an improvement in performance, this is the best Powerstroke tuner that you can purchase for the price.
It’s the best-seller by quite some distance, providing more power in the rear wheels than any other chip out there.
It has six settings that can be easily adjusted while you drive by turning a knob that is mounted to the dash.
Adjustable in cab
Easy to install
Programming and hardware are designed by TS Performance
High Idle mode
50, 75, 100, and 140 HP settings for huge increases in performance
There are six positions on this chip, offering a progressive increase in horsepower on each setting, which means you can adjust your truck’s capabilities to suit the job in hand with ease.
In stock mode you’ll notice an immediate increase in power. High Idle mode helps you warm up your vehicle to maximize fuel economy and oil performance.
The 50 HP setting is the most commonly used of the six, with users reporting massive improvements in power and fuel consumption.
For larger towing jobs, and opening up on the highway, the 75 HP setting is very popular.
Given the huge improvements realized at the lower settings there are few reasons to go as high as the 100 HP or 140+ HP settings (most people report no intention of cranking things up that high), but if you do want to put your foot down they’re there for a little fun!
The six settings are programmed onto the chip based on the make, model, and year of the vehicle, and you can input your specs when ordering.
Overall, this chip has loads to offer at an incredible price. One of the biggest benefits is definitely the ability to adjust it while you’re driving. It also offers more power than any of its rivals.
Averaging a whopping 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 400 independent reviews, it’s our NUMBER 1 CHOICE.
So, What’s The Best Tuner For Your 7.3 Powerstroke?
If you’re looking for the most power and the most versatility in a tuner, the TS Performance 6 Position Chip is the best overall choice.
It features the widest range of settings, allowing you to increase your truck’s performance in stages to find the perfect setup.
At around 200 bucks it’s very affordable (about half the price of its nearest competitors) and as you’ll see in the video below, it’s pretty easy to install.
The other two options on this list are top choices as well. We’re put off a bit by the price tag, and they offer a little less additional power, but they’re both good choices if you don’t like the idea of installing a tuner, or you don’t have a professional at hand to help you.
What Kind Of Performance Increase Will You Get?
In short, you’ll get a massive performance increase from a 7.3 Powerstroke Programmer. Here’s what you can expect from the TS 6 Position Chip:
Well, that was pretty impressive, but what exactly will you get?
1. Increased Horsepower
Obviously! But let’s explore this in a little more detail.
It would seem, from the majority of the independent reviews for this chip (400+ reviews to-date) that just cranking the dial up to the second setting (high-idle) will result in a noticeable increase in power.
The sweet spot for most users seems to be around the third or fourth settings (50 HO and 75 HP respectively) which appear to provide sufficient increases to handle any situation in your 7.3 Powerstroke.
Most users report not needing to go higher than these settings, even when towing heavy loads (which probably isn’t advisable anyway).
The few that have gone higher, cranking the chip right up to the fifth and sixth settings (100 HO and 140+ HP respectively) consistently report being amazed at the transformation in performance of their trucks.
Some say it’s like driving a new one!
2. Better Fuel Consumption
Perhaps surprisingly, users report experiencing huge savings in fuel consumption when using this 7.3 Powerstroke Tuner.
You might think with the increased in power that fuel economy would be worse, however the general consensus among users is that, over the course, you’re going to see big savings in your regular fuel spend.
Many users report getting as much as an extra 100 or so kilometers out of a full tank of gas after installation.
The average improvement seems to be around an extra 4 miles to the gallon, although some users have reported saving 8 mpg or more.
With miles to the gallon up, and dollars spent on gas down, what’s not to like?
3. Improved Transition
A nice knock on effect for many users, after installing the TS Tuner, has been a smoother gear shift, most notably when in the mid-range settings.
Users have noticed firmer shifting, which results in reduced “bumping” between gears, for a much smoother ride.
4. Warming Up Your Engine With High Idle Mode
If you operate in cold temperatures then warming your engine up before heading off is highly advisable, not only to help manage fuel consumption but to contribute to better lubrication of vital engine components.
The high idle mode at the second setting of this tuner, at 1,200 rpm, does a great job of that. a few minutes warming your old work horse up on this setting could extend your engine’s life considerably.
And, even if you’re not driving in the cold, a short “warming up” period in high idle mode could get you a few extra mpg on the highway, which adds up to a nice saving if you drive medium to long distances regularly.
How To Install A 7.3 Powerstroke Tuner
Assuming you’ve gone with the TS Performance Chip (lets’ face it; why wouldn’t you) the next step is to install it.
Here’s a handy clip from Thoroughbred Diesel to show you how:
So, briefly summarized, you need to do as follows:
After you’ve unboxed the product, remove the battery cables
We’ll say it again: remove the battery cables!
Unhook the PCM wiring harness
Find the PCM (on the driver’s side underneath the console)
Remove the box and the frame
Then remove the PCM itself and its bracket casing
You’ll then need to take it out of the bracket
Make a note of the ECM flash code
Check that the code matches the chip that you’ve ordered
Open the plastic cover to get inside the PCM
You’ll immediately see the contact plate where the chip will be installed
Remove the waxy layer covering the contact plate on both sides
Clean both sides of the contact with an emery cloth
You should just be able to see some copper for a good contact
Drill a hole in the PCM casing to accommodate your switch wire
Thread the switch cable through the new hole of your case
Install your switch onto the TS chip, locking it in place
Now install the chip into the PCM
Do this by pushing it onto the computer board
Slip the PCM back into the case
Reinstall it back in your truck
Do this by placing it back in the bracket and re-attaching the bracket under the console
To install the switch in the cab you’ll need to take it apart
Loosen the set screw before removing the knob
Drill a hole in the cabin panel
Pull the switch through the new hole and tighten it using the nut
Re-attach the knob to the switch and tighten the set screw
The chip knob should turn freely between each of the six settings
Re-install your cabin panel
Reconnect the PCM connection on the outside of your truck
Make sure that your wire loom is properly lined up
You can now re-attach your battery cables before starting up your truck
And voila, you’re good to go!
How To Use Your 7.3 Powerstroke Tuner
Once installed, using the programmer is as easy as turning a knob. And that’s all you need to do in fact.
But you need to think about how best to use each setting.
The first setting keeps you in “stock” mode, and, despite the manufacturers claims that you’ll notice an immediate difference in power, very few users have reported that in this mode, so we question whether you’ll be using it that much if you need a tuner to increase horsepower.
That said, you may wish to keep your engine in stock mode all of the time and just bump it up a few notches for specific jobs, like towing, uphill work, or driving on the highway.
To benefit from the “high-idle” mode discussed previously, you’ll need to crank the dial on to the second setting, which is great to help warm your truck up before opening it up on the freeway.
If you feel that you’re going to need some extra power for the task in hand, but not so much as to effect handling, perhaps for slow towing work, the third setting is a great place to be. On this setting you will feel a huge increase in performance immediately, thanks to the extra 50 HP through the rear wheels.
It’s much the same with the fourth setting, although the power jumps up to 75 HP through the rear wheels. That my not sound like the largest increase in the world, but on an open highway you will feel a significant response when you put your foot down, and also for the hardest of towing jobs, which will feel considerably less labored.
The fifth setting (100 HP through the rear wheels) and the sixth setting (140 HP through the rear wheels) sound nice, and look good on paper, but we can’t think of many scenarios when you’re going to need that level of power increase.
Indeed, you probably shouldn’t be towing anything of significant weight at these levels. They are a bit of fun though if you find yourself on a nice open stretch of road – just make sure you don’t collect a ticket in the process.
What Is A 7.3 Powerstroke?
This might seem a weird thing to include halfway down a page discussing 7.3 Powerstroke programmers, but you’d be surprised how many don’t know, and also how many people look to buy a tuner for a 7.3 Powerstroek on behalf of someone else.
The Power stroke engine has been used in the Ford F-Series, Ford E-Series, Ford Excursion, and Ford LCF commercial truck.
The Power Stroke engine line came into force essentially existed as a re-model of engines made by Navistar.
The first Power Stroke engine was the 7.3L Power Stroke V8, which was to be the Ford version of the Navistar T444E turbo-diesel V8.
The 7.3L Power Stroke was replaced by the 6.0L at the start of the second quarter of 2003.
Later models followed, including a 6.4, 6.7, 3.2 and 3.0 engine.
Since the introduction of the 6.7L PowerStroke V8 in 2010, Ford has manufactured its own diesel engines.
In its time, the Power Stroke engine has been competed with the likes of the General Motors Duramax V8 and the Dodge Cummins B-Series when marketed against large-block V8 (and V10) gasoline engines.
Of all of the Power Stroke engines produced, the 7.3 is the one with the largest user base. 7.3 Powerstroke owners, on the whole, love this engine, and it’s no surprise that it has developed quite the cult following.
So, a 7.3 Powestroke Programmer to improve performance is often the best Christmas present that die hard fan can receive.
Make of that what you will!
7.3 Powerstroke Specs
Power Stroke engines are controlled electronically. The 7.3 is a direct injection engine featuring a 4.11″ bore and 4.18″ stroke which combine to create a displacement of over 400 cubic inches.
It’s compression ratio is 17.5:1, and a total weight of 920 pounds.
The 7.3 engine produces up to 250 horse power in automatic-transmission trucks from the final years of manufacture, and up to 275 horse power in manual-transmission trucks.
Most people think that it can hold up to 15 quarts of oil. However a 7.3 oil pan can hold 15 quarts of oil on its own, with the top end holding an extra three quarts, making a total of 18.
The 1994 to 97 Power Stroke engine features “single shot” hydraulic electronic fuel injectors, whilst running a high pressure oil pump to reach sufficient oil pressure to engage the injectors. The 1997 trucks use a two-stage fuel pump, and the 1999-2003 models use a mounted electric fuel pump.
The 1994 to 1997 Power Stroke has a single turbocharger with a turbine housing. In 1999, they added an air-to-air intercooler to increase air density by cooling the turbo charged air. The cooler air results improves the engine’s horsepower potential, whilst at the same time reducing exhaust gas temperature.
7.3 Powerstroke Problems
That all sounds great, and the 7.3 is generally considered to be one of the most reliable truck engines of all time, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
Owners have experienced routine problems with the camshaft position sensor, which, from time to time would turn the truck off while in use, or revert to a no-start mode. It’s easy to diagnose and fix, but it has in the past been a major gripe.
Many 7.3 owners also report problems with the fuel filter as the housing can begin to crack over time resulting in fuel leaks.
Blown fuses resulting from a short out of the heating element in the filter housing have also been a regular feature for 7.3 owners, who may also experience a no-start mode from this.
The up-pipes found on the turbocharger have also received wide criticism for not being up to scratch. Leaks are a regular occurrence, especially at the joints, and result in the loss of engine power and an increase in exhaust gas temperature.
That may sound a lot, but compared to its main competitors it really isn’t. The reality is that 7.3 Powerstroke performance and durability is second to none.
One final problem relates to decreased performance when towing or at speed over long distances. That’s where getting the best 7.3 Powerstroke tuner comes in. As we’ve seen, if you spend a bit of cash and a little time installing one, you can take your truck’s performance to the next level, and then some!
If you’ve read this far it will come as no surprise to you that we feel that the TS Performance 6 Position Chip is the best programmer for tuning a 7.3 Powerstroke. And that is with good reason.
The company formed in 1997 and began by supplying customers with anything they needed for their diesel trucks. After a time the company started to offer their own tuning for the 7.3L Powerstrokes, before releasing their own chip to work with the Ford computer. That chip, the TS Performance 6 Position Chip, our number 1 pick, has grown to become, in their words “the most popular and widely used chip for the 7.3L Powerstroke engine“.
There are a couple of others who deserve a mention here too.
Edge Products, as we’ve seen, makes some pretty good stuff too. It’s pricier, and won’t result in any better performance than the TS, but the interface is more modern – they pride themselves on their ability to display multiple engine parameters on their programmers, which are easy to understand and easy to use. They’ve been around since 1999 and are a brand that you can trust with confidence.
A third company named Superchips also makes some decent tuning products that can help improve Powerstroke performance. First incorporated in the UK they have grown to become a global leader in automotive tuning for late model cars, Jeeps and trucks. If you’re looking for a 7.3 Powerstroke programmer, but don’t like any of the three on our list, you should consider Superchips as a good alternative.
Best Tuner For 7.3 Powerstroke – Wrapping It Up
Hopefully all of the information above has helped and you’re now in a position to choose the right programmer to improve the performance of your truck.
If you feel we’ve left anything out of this guide, or that any of the products reviewed above don’t deserve to be on our list, please let us know below.
Likewise if you’ve had any trouble with them or tuning your truck in general, we want to hear from you.
9. California Air Tools Oil-Free 8 Gallon Ultra Quiet Air Compressor
Rating: (4.3 / 5)
An alternative suggestion for those who want a larger air compressor, this ultra-quiet unit from California Air Tools , like the 5.5 gallon model reviewed above, is super quiet, working at just 60 decibels.
Again it features a powerful 1.0 HP motor that operates at only 1,680 RPM.
The air compressor uses an oil-free dual piston pump system which guarantees high performance and durability.
Its life cycle reaches 3000 plus hours and can be used in uneven terrain and a variety of temperatures.
The 8.0 Gallon Steel Air Tank is lightweight (54 lbs) and its wheel kit makes it very easy to transport.
This air compressor is ideal for anyone working inside where noise is a major issue.
Things we like:
Ultra quiet, just 60 Decibels.
The time to fill tank from empty to full – 165 Seconds
Less Maintenance and Costs thanks to the Oil-Free Pump
Maximum Pressure – 120 PSI
Things we don’t like:
Aesthetically the weld finish around the tank could be a bit better
All of the air products on our list are excellent options. They’ve each been around for long enough to receive hundreds, and in some cases thousands of positive reviews. You’ll get quality, whichever one you choose.
But, if you really pressed us to pick the best 6 gallon air compressor, we’d have to go with the Bostitch. The combo kit comes with a series of nail guns which are incredibly handy if you don’t already have them. However the compressor itself is well worth the price, regardless of the accessories.
It’s powerful, reliable, quiet and easy to use. Of all of the products listed it’s received the most positive feedback, and it’s the best seller by a mile.
Porter Cable’s combo kit is a very close second and to be honest if at the time of purchase it’s cheaper than the Bostitch you may as well go with it – there’s really not a lot of difference, save for the Bostitch has been around for longer.
For value for money, and for a standalone 6 gallon air compressor without that comes without any additional accessories DeWalt’s 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor should be your first choice.
Complete Guide To Buying A 6 Gallon Air Compressor
An air compressor is a device that is able to convert power into potential energy, storing it as compressed air.
They use a diesel or gasoline engine, or an electric motor, to force the air into a storage tank to increase the pressure inside.
Then, as the tank pressure reaches its limit, the air compressor shuts off, and the compressed air is stored in the tank until needed.
At the point during use when the tank pressure reaches its lower limit, the air compressor turns on and the process starts all over again to re-pressurize the tank.
The air compressor differs from the pump, since it works for any air and gas, while the pump works on liquids.
In this guide we’ll run through everything you need to know about air compressors, the different types and your options on which to buy.
We’ll also take a look at some important things you need to consider when purchasing an air compressor for a home garage or small workshop.
But before we go any further check out this handy clip on how an air compressor works, and what to look for in a good one:
Air Compressor Types And How They Work
If you are new to the world of air compressors, the impressive number of options can seem a bit overwhelming.
They are initially divided into three groups based on the pressure delivered:
Low Pressure Units
These discharge pressure of 150 psi or less;
Medium Pressure Units
These discharge pressure between 151 psi and 1,000 psi
High Pressure Units
These discharge pressure of above 1,000 psi.
Then, depending on the principle of their operation and their design, air compressors and be classified as single-stage and two –stage reciprocating compressors, compound compressors, rotary-screw and rotary-vane compressors, scroll and turbo compressors, as well as centrifugal compressors
Air compressors have a wide range of uses, which commonly include the supply of high-pressure air to fill gas cylinders, and the supply of moderate-pressure to fill tires and power pneumatic tools.
AC pumps can can be either oil-less or oil-injected. You’ll probably have notice that all of the products on our list are of the oil-less variety commonly used in 6 gallon models to keep maintenance to a minimum.
Oil-less compressors are more technical and provide better air quality, but are louder and more expensive compared to oil-injected units.
Air compressors can utilize different power sources, with gas, diesel and electricity the most common.
The power of the air compressors is measured in cubic feet per minute of intake air, and the gallon size of the tank specifies the volume of the compressed air that is available.
Those that are powered by gas or diesel are usually used in remote areas where there is no electricity. They need ventilation for the exhaust gases and are quite noisy.
Electric powered air compressors are commonly used in domestic and light industrial workshops and garages where there is a permanent electrical power supply.
Depending on their size and purpose they can be either portable or stationary. And depending on the tank shape, the air compressors could be horizontal and vertical, twin tank or pancake.
The choice of the right air compressor should be closely linked to the project that you will be working on and whether the tool needs to be portable or not.
Our guide features mainly small units that can be easily stored, but which are powerful enough to be used on various projects, including light industrial and commercial use.
People use air compressors for a variety of jobs, but most often they’re used as air tools for pneumatic equipment like pneumatic nail guns and impact wrenches, as well as for spray painting and inflating tires.
Let’s take at some important things you should know before buying one for any of these tasks.
Most people don’t need a compressor with a large tank – a six-gallon tank can provide more than enough power for most jobs.
That said, most buyers go for a compressor between six to eight-gallons, which is why we’ve included a slightly larger option for those who might want that extra bit of capacity for bigger jobs.
Air compressors around this size are convenient and easy to use. They require no oil changes and almost no maintenance.
They come with drain valves which allow the compressor to go from full to empty very quickly.
Pounds per square inch estimates the maximum pressure that an air compressor can produce.
This is one of the most important factors that you should consider before buying.
Units that are capable of a higher PSI can perform as good as those with a bigger tank, and better than those with equal-sized tank with less PSI.
The higher the PSI, the less time you need for the tank to refill.
A higher PSI will also allow you to take on bigger jobs, and to complete them faster.
The cubic Feet per Minute indicates the mass of the air flow at the given pounds per square inch (PSI).
Most of the air compressors listed operate around the mid 80 decibel range when measured from five feet away.
The ones that operate around the 60 decibel level are considered quiet.
6 gallon air compressors are intended to be portable.
No-one wants to drag a heavy air compressor up a flight of stairs, right?
So, choose the right unit for the type of job you intend to carry out. If you do need to take it up and down stairs, consider whether the smaller 4.2 gallon compressor by Makita might be a better option. It has a handy roll bar for protection and easy carrying, and it’s super powerful as we’ve seen.
Portable, lightweight units are now well powered, and have become very popular of late.
Oil-free air compressors have become very popular as in they avoid the hassle of having to continuously replace the oil.
However, do note that you still have to regularly drain the air tank to keep water vapour from collecting.
Routine maintenance is something that should be done regularly to ensure that your air compressor is running efficiently, and to make sure that there are no leaks.
This might include replacement of the air compressor fittings or checking the differential pressure in the compressed air filter.
Some of the air compressors that we’ve reviewed come with a raft of accessories.
If possible, go for a complete set to avoid searching for extra items after the event – you wouldn’t want to fork out unnecessarily for an extra piece at a later date would you?
Usually there is a main unit that could be used right out of the box, warranty information and instruction manual.
There’s no standard list of accessories for to accompany air compressors, and every manufacturer is different – save for they all want your money so may throw anything into the offer to convince you to part with it.
In the case of those on our list, in particular the Bostitch and the Porter Cable, we have to say that the additional extras represent great value for money, and that the compressor in each case is worth the price on its own.
Things You Should Look For When Buying An Air Compressor
Since, we presume, your aim is to get an air compressor mainly for home or light industrial use, the choice should be quite easy.
If you live in a small to mid-size home, close to your neighbors, in a quiet neighborhood, or plan to use it in an enclosed garage, then get an air compressor with low dBA.
You can search for small units that have a large tank, which will allow you to handle a wide range of projects.
A small unit with a small tank will allow for easy storage and the noise level will still be ok.
If you live in a large home, or set away from your neighbors, then you can go for a larger air compressor, since the dBA will not be so much of an issue.
In general, all sized units are ideal for large homes, so the choice depends on the individual and the type of projects planned.
When looking for a home based air compressor that’s electrical, consider the cord length and the location of the outlet. Sounds obvious, but we’ve made this mistake before!
Make An Informed Decision
Hopefully we’ve given you enough information to make a good decision on what’s the best 6 gallon air compressor for you.
Since there are no bad eggs on our list, and they’re all designed to last for a long time, whichever one you choose will do fine.
That said, electric powered air compressors are the models of the future, they have fast refill time and are usually quieter, so bear that in mind when making your decision.
Picking the right air compressor will come down to the nature of the project you’re working on, and probably price.
All of the air compressors on our list are small yet powerful enough for a large variety of projects. They’re also all very well priced.
They all come from reputable companies that have a strong reputation in this market.
If however you’re not familiar with these brands, but do want to shop based on those with the best reputation, there are three in particular that you should consider.
A: You should eliminate air leaks to save money. The cost of a 1.8″ air leak at 100 psi costs about $ 0.31 per hour.
Q: What is the hidden cost of bad air quality?
A: Bad air results in repair costs plus replacement costs and lost benefits.
Q: How much water is generated by the air system?
A: One 100 CFM compressor can generate around 18 gallons per day at 90° F and 50 percent RH. Approximately 60 % of that moisture will be removed by the after cooler. The remainder can get into your compressed air system if no dryer is installed.
Q: What size piping is needed to minimize the pressure drop?
A: This has to do with the CFM capacity of your air compressors, the required pressure and the total length of piping. A standard table can be used to determine the size of pipe required to minimize pressure drop.
A: Change the oil filter as the manufacturer suggests. Clean or replace the air filter on a regular basis. And remember to drain condensate from the tank regularly. That should do it.
Q: Which key areas of the compressor will need maintenance?
A: Look out for signs of wear and tear on the heat exchanger surfaces, air lubricant separators, lubricant, lubricant filters and the air inlet filter.
Wrapping It Up
Thanks for taking the time to read our guide. We hope you found it helpful and you have everything you need to pick the right 6 gallon air compressor for you.
As you know our top pick, and the best all-round option is the 3-Tool Portable Air Compressor Combo Kit by Bostitch.
It has a 150 max PSI 6 gallon tank and a 2.6 SCFM high efficiency motor. It’s easy to start up in cold weather, comes with an extension cord, features oil-free maintenance, needs less than three minutes to reach maximum power and is relatively quiet to operate.
Porter Cable’s Combo kit is just as good and you should give it serious consideration if at the time of purchase the price is more competitive than the Bostitch.
If you’re looking for a standalone compressor then the Dewalt takes some beating. You don’t get all the bells and whistles in terms of accessories that the two kits above boast, but you do get a great 6 gallon air compressor at a great price.
So, which one die you choose? Let us know below. We’d love to hear from you.